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8 interesting facts about Botswana

1. Botswana gained independence on the 30 September 1966 making this year the 51st year of independence. 

2. In 2016 the United Nations Economic & Social Council nominated current president Ian Khama as the best president in the world. 

3. Diamonds were first discovered in Botswana in 1967, one year after gaining independence.

4. Today Botswana is one of the largest diamond producing countries in the world with the world’s richest diamond mine in Jwaneng.

5. Botswana has a high end, low impact tourism business model which important ensures the protection of the countries precious natural recourses while placing the tourism industry as one of the countries top income providers.

6. Botswana has maintained one of the world's highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966

7. Botswana transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of $17,700 in 2015

8. In October 2015 President Ian KHAMA announced a stimulus plan to boost the economy through projects in agricultural production, construction, manufacturing, and tourism development.

Botswana: Government Keen On Technology

Botswana is keen in investing in technology to ensure optimal utilisation for the people of the country said Vice President Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi. In order to achieve this goal the NDP 11 had indicated strategy and initiatives to further increase investment and research activities towards the economy of the country. For a high performing economy the Vice president of NDP 11 said research is of vital importance. So exploitation and understanding are the key to further this revolution of technology.  Mr Masisi said he expects materials to increase directly or indirectly till 2030. He also said the AMRS had been created for Africans living in the continent and abroad to focus on the field of science and technology.

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Botswana: Ministry, World Bank Committs to Education Reforms

By Pako Lebanna

The Ministry of Basic Education (MOBE) and the World Bank are prepared to work together on implementing critical education reforms that will benefit the economy of Botswana. This was revealed by officials of the two institutions during a workshop at the University of Botswana in Gaborone on Wednesday, subsequent to the release of a World Bank report titled, 'Job-ready Graduates of Secondary Education in Botswana, Lesotho and Zambia.' MOBE permanent secretary, Ms Grace Muzila told the gathering that the World Bank recommendations of the report are in agreement with the direction government wants to pursue in the education sector.

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Botswana Makes Strides in Health Care System - Masisi

By Thato Mosinyi

Vice President, Mr Mokgwetsi Masisi says Botswana has made 'tremendous' strides in improving the health care system. Speaking during World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti's courtesy call on the Office of the President yesterday, Mr Masisi indicated that Botswana was going through a transformation stage to create working groups within communities to see how best to intergrade health policies and the society. Mr Masisi noted that government however kept on identifying new challenges of alcohol and drug abuse that continued to emerge.

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